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Professor Gordon Anthony is an Academic Tenant at Francis Taylor Building.  He practises in public law generally and judicial review in particular; human rights law.

He is Professor of Public Law, Queen’s University Belfast and Director the Academy of European Public Law, Athens, Greece.

Gordon Anthony has acted as Junior Counsel in some of Northern Ireland’s leading constitutional cases:

  • Re Waring’s Application [2019] NICA 49 (on the lawfulness of the UK government’s pursuit of a “no deal” Brexit)
  • Re Buick’s Application [2018] NICA 26 (on the powers of civil servants in the absence of a functioning Executive in Northern Ireland)
  • Re Agnew’s Application [2017] UKSC 5 (on the legalities of triggering Article 50 TEU – heard with, and reported alongside, Miller I)

He also appeared in a range of leading human rights cases, including Re McKenna’s Application [2019] NICA 46 (on the state’s duty to investigate the use of torture during internment) and Re the Committee on the Administration of Justice’s Application [2015] NIQB 59 (on the Northern Ireland Executive’s failure to adopt an anti-poverty strategy in accordance with section 28E of the Northern Ireland Act 1998). He has provided opinions on a range of legal issues for public bodies and private clients.


Barrister in Northern Ireland (called 2011).  Called to the Bar of England and Wales 2011.


  • LLB (1994); MSSc (1995 with Distinction); PhD (1999)
  • Hamlyn Trustee 2018- 
  • Member of the Conseil d’Orientation de la Chaire Mutations de l’Action Publique et du Droit Public, Sciences Po, Paris, 2013-2018
  • Director the Academy of European Public law, Athens, Greece, 2014-present
  • Member of the European Group of Public Law, 2004-present 
  • Judicial Extern, Federal District Courts, Los Angeles, 1993